Court: General contractor can be cited for subcontractor violations

A U.S. Appeals Court judge for the 5th Circuit in New Orleans has ruled that OSHA can cite general contractors — even if their employees are not affected — for subcontractor safety violations. While workers might have once been expected simply to accept the risks of working on a dangerous construction site as part of their job, contractors, as well as state and local authorities, have made safety a priority. And authorities have become more willing to pursue criminal charges against contractors when their disregard results in injury or death.

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